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Organic Gardening Day Nov. 1

Published October 9, 2014
rows of organically grown crops

URBANA, Ill. – This year’s Organic Gardening Day will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Urbana Plaza Hotel and Convention Center (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Urbana.

Chuck Voigt, University of Illinois vegetable and crops specialist and coordinator of the event, said that experts from around the country will present educational sessions to inspire organic gardening.

William Woys Weaver, from Devon, Pennsylvania, will give two presentations. One of his talks will be about the kitchen garden, and the other talk will be about the health benefits of heirloom food plants. William is the author of books on heirlooms, local foods, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, herbal cures, and more. “He is a very in-demand speaker and we are lucky to have him with us this year,” Voigt said.

Marty Travis, of Spence Farm in Fairbury, Ill., is the seventh generation living the small farm life on a family farm settled by his ancestors in 1830. “Marty, along with his wife Kris and son Will, grows a great variety of crops and livestock organically,” Voigt said. “He has also grown a wide variety of grain crops, often on a rather small scale. He’ll share some of the basics of producing diverse grain plants, either in the field or the garden. The diversity of what’s produced at Spence Farm is amazing.”

In addition to the speakers, there will be a retail area selling a broad range of gardening products.

Online registration is available until Oct. 27. The cost for the day is $60, which includes an organic lunch buffet. For more information, contact Linda Harvey by calling 217-244-1693 or send an email to

On-site registration on Nov. 1 begins at 8 a.m., will continue only as long as space allows, and will not guarantee lunch. The first educational session begins promptly at 9 a.m.